All entries must be entered 30 days prior to event date.
All entries submitted 15-29 days prior to event date will be assessed a $20 late fee.
Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Competitions will be closed when each time slot is filled. Slots are limited to the time restrictions for each city’s location.
Registration fees may be made by credit card or studio check. Personal checks are not accepted.
A 50% deposit must be made 45 days prior to event date. Full payment must be made 30 days prior to event date. A studio failing to make payments by the deadlines risks losing its spot in the competition.
All parents must sign the Release and Liability Waivers for their child’s participation 14 days prior to the competition date.
Dancers must compete in the level in which they are registered. No more than three (3) solos per dancer. Soloists may not compete against themselves in the same style category. (See “Categories”)
The most advanced dancer will determine the level of the routine.
4-9 dancers – No more than 49% of dancers in the small group routine can be from a higher level than the level entered in the competition.
10-19 dancers – No more than 49% of dancers in the large group routine can be from a higher level than the level entered in the competition.
19 dancers or more – No more than 25% of dancers in the line routine can be from a higher level than the level entered in the competition.
20 dancers or more – No more than 25% of dancers in the production routine can be from a higher level than the level entered in the competition.
Special Note: In a duo/trio or group routine, 50% of the dancers must be different in order to compete in the same age and style category.
A one-point deduction will be subtracted from the total score for every five (5) seconds a routine is over its limit.
Solos………………….. 2:45 minutes
Duos/Trios………….. 3:00 minutes
Small Groups………. 3:30 minutes
Large Groups………. 4:00 minutes
Lines…………………… 5:00 minutes
Productions………… 8:00 minutes
Dancers must be ready to perform ONE HOUR prior to their scheduled times.
Studio Directors determine the level of each dancer according to the following criteria upon registration.
Beginner Level, three or fewer hours of training per week with little competition experience.
Intermediate Level, three-five hours of training per week with competitive experience.
Advanced Level, five or more hours of training per week with extensive competition experience. Dancers in this level are eligible for any Title and/or Scholarship awards.
These routines contain tumbling passes that can exceed two or more skills, flexibility and contortion work, as well as stationary gymnastic skills. Acro routines must contain 50% dance technique.
Routine must contain classical and technical ballet movement easily recognized by the judges. Flat ballet shoes only in this category.
Routines in this category must display a recognizable character to the judges (i.e. animals, occupations).
Routine must contain a combination of lyrical, modern, and jazz skills.
These routines contain mostly hip-hop and street dance movements.
Routine must contain primarily jazz technique and skills.
Routine must reflect the lyrics of the music and contain balletic, controlled, and fluid movement.
Interpretive movement reflecting the techniques of Graham, Horton, and others.
Music chosen in this category must be from a Broadway Musical or Movie Musical. Lip synching lyrics is optional.
Any of the above listed styles combined together in one routine. Clogging, Step Dancing and Irish Dancing are also included here.
Routine must consist of recognizable pointe technique and all dancers must be on pointe.
Routine must contain recognizable tap technique and skills.
Should contain both singing and dance movements. May be any vocal presentation, but music cannot contain any vocals. Only instrumental music is permitted.
The age division of a routine is determined by the average age of the dancers entered.
A performer’s age division is based on his or her age as of January 1st of the year of competition date.
Should a question arise, studio directors must be prepared to provide proof of age.
Any performer visible on stage throughout a routine will be considered part of that routine and must be listed upon registration and no later.
Should a dancer need to be removed from a routine for any reason, please notify the staff as soon as possible.
Teachers and choreographers are not eligible to compete in any other age division but their own.
Age Divisions are as follows:
Mini………………….. 5 – 6
Petite………………… 7 – 8
Junior……………….. 9 – 11
Teen…………………. 12 – 14
Young Adult………. 17-19
Adult/Teacher……. 20 & Up
Each performance will be judged on technique, performance quality, showmanship, musicality, timing, difficulty, choreography and costume.
There will be three judges scoring each routine out of 100 points, for a potential total high score of 300.
Score sheets and video commentary with critiques will be provided to the studio director.
Age appropriate music, costuming, movement and style will be factors in the overall scores.
Judges’ decisions are final. Discussions with judges or competition staff about a dancer’s score is not permitted.
Judges reserve the right to move any routine into its appropriate age and style category upon review of the criteria. If studio owners do not wish to move the routine into the proper level and category, that routine may be subject to disqualification.
Judges Point System:
291-300…………… Icon Platinum
261-275.99………. High Gold
231-245.99.……… High Silver
Special Note: In the event of a tie score, the tie will remain. A tie will only be broken for First Place Overall. In that case, the routine with the higher technique score will break the tie.
All winning entries will receive one trophy or plaque. For duos, trios and group routines, all dancers will receive an award pin.
Performers must compete prior to their corresponding awards ceremony in order to be eligible for an award.
High Score Awards will be given out in every Division, if eligible. A Division consists of the level, category and age division for each sized routine (i.e. Future Legends · Contemporary · Junior · Small Group).
Lines and productions will be divided into ages 11 & Under and 12 & Older.
If there are ten or more routines in any level, age and routine size, then a top 10 overall line up will be announced. If there are 4-9 routines, then a top three will be announced.
Given to any duo/trio or group routines at the discretion of the judges for reasons of their choice.
Solo Standout Awards
Given to any soloists at the judges’ discretion for reasons of their choice.
Iconic Choreography, Iconic Technique, Iconic Crowd Pleaser Awards
Given to any group routines at the discretion of the judges. Solos and duo/trios are not eligible for this award.
Only advanced level solos are eligible for a Title Award. There will be a Mr. Icon and Miss Icon announced for Petites (8 & Under), Juniors (9-11), Teens (12-14) and Seniors (15-19). There will be a second score sheet provided for each Title entry to be added to their solo score. There will be a separate $50 entry fee for each dancer wishing to compete for this Title.
Ultimate Icon Award
Given to the highest scoring Future Legend routine, the highest scoring Rising Legend routine and the highest scoring Legendary routine. Solos and duo/trios are not eligible for this award.
Each Ultimate Icon Award winning routine will win a $250.00 cash prize. Runner-Up routines to the Ultimate Icon Award will win a $100.00 cash prize.
Studio of Excellence Award
May be given to the studio that exemplifies the spirits of kindness, character and respect which reflect Icon’s core values.
Spotlight on Giving: The Icon Inspiration Award
This very special award will be given to that one inspirational routine that makes an especially impactful impression on the judges. This routine does not necessarily have to be high-scoring. It’s influence on the judges’ hearts is what makes it the winner! Routine may be fun or serious, delightful or intense, as long as it emotionally moves the judges. A $1,500.00 donation will be made to help support a worthy cause.
In order to protect the privacy and choreography of our participants, photography and video recording are strictly prohibited. Icon Performing Arts is in contract with professional photographers and videographers. Photos and video will be available for purchase.
All performers, teachers and guests are expected to honor our core value of respect for others at all times. Any individual who displays unsportsmanlike behavior will be refused entry to the venue and may be escorted off property.
Only performers, teachers and staff will be permitted on stage and the surrounding area at any time.
Icon Performing Arts and the hosting facility are not responsible for personal injury or property loss.
Awards and music must be picked up at the end of the event and will not be mailed.
By performing at Icon Performing Arts, all performers, teachers and guests give Icon Performing Arts the right to use their photo, video and/or voice recording for any publications, advertising, publicity, promotions, social media, public relations and websites. This may include live streaming.
We are enormously grateful to you for choosing Icon Performing Arts. It is our absolute privilege to provide this experience to your studio. We can’t wait to enjoy your performances and celebrate all your hard work and talent!
Have fun and both on and off the stage!